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Jack R. MacDonald Community Fund

The Jack R. MacDonald Community Fund was made possible by a generous donation from Jack R. MacDonald. The fund honours his legacy of support to the former Village of Elora. For many years, Mr. MacDonald donated to fund projects in Elora. The Jack R. MacDonald Charitable Trust was created upon his death in 2013. The Township of Centre Wellington was one of five organizations that received funds from the trust. Seed money for the Jack R. MacDonald Community Fund came from a donation from the trust fund.  

Read more about Jack R. MacDonald in the Wellington Advertiser

CWCF’s Jack R. MacDonald Community Fund Grants are aimed at providing grants up to a maximum of $8,000 in 2023 to registered charitable organizations to support projects that will have a positive impact within the former Village of Elora boundaries.

We held a free online public information session on Monday, November 6th, 2023, at 7:00 PM. If you have any questions regarding this granting program, we are glad to help. Email grants@cwcfoundation.ca. Granting opened on November 1st and closed on November 30th, 2023. We received seven applications and with two grants given out this year. The Grove Hub Fergus received $2,000 towards helping to provide transportation to Youth from Elora so they can take full advantage of all the services events and offered at the Grove Hub in Fergus. A grant of $6,000 to the Elora Singers for their Supportive Arts for Adults with (dis)Abilities program run in partnership with the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Past Grants – The first organization to receive a grant ($5,000) from this fund was a joint project between the Elora Centre for the Arts and Portage Ontario Residential Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre.  The project called “Youth & Addiction: The Healing Power of Art and Creative Expression.” The program offered weekly programming at the ECFTA for Portage residents.

The second grant ($6,500) went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington program called “Beyond the Box at ECFTA.” The program focused on empowering all youth, including Two-spirit, trans and non-binary youth, and building a sense of belonging through group activities.

The 2023 granting program closed on November 30, 2023. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.